Trying to Follow Jesus with No Help At All
Trying to follow Jesus is frustrating. We mess up, we neglect spending time with Him, we give into temptation, and we regress into old patterns. It doesn’t make sense. This isn’t what we signed up for when we followed Jesus. It was supposed to get easier but some days it’s like we’re trying to follow Jesus with no help at all!!
And Jesus even said so! Here’s what He said… “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.” (John 6:63 ESV)
Trying to be better or do better isn’t the way of following Jesus. Working harder to resist temptation and by the power of your will to do all the right things absolutely will leave you frustrated, and this shouldn’t be surprising. Jesus Himself said that the flesh, which is the primary source of strength as we try and strive and work and struggle, just refuses to help you.
But look at the first part of what Jesus said. The Spirit gives life! That’s what we want, right? A richer, deeper, stronger spiritual life? My flesh, my will power, my brain power, my inner strength is NO help at all, but the Spirit, who moves into the life and heart of every born again believer IS here to help! In fact, one of His biblical names is the Helper.
Here’s a more simple way to understand this. There are two ways to pursue LIFE in Jesus Christ once He has saved us. We can try or we can trust. Trying will lead to frustration and burnout. Trusting will lead to life and vitality. Being strong leaves us weak, but being weak and owning our weakness lets God’s Spirit show Himself strong in our lives.
Want life? You may have it. Trust Jesus. And trust His Holy Spirit every day to continue to produce real life in you!
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